Something we never thought we’d see in our lifetime has just happened. Ricky Martin has come out of the closet! It took a while but we are happy for him that he can finally stop denying who he is. He came out in a statement on his official website, part of which reads ” I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.” Bravo Ricky!
We were excited to see Roundabout’s new production Sondheim on Sondheim this past Saturday night. The musical stars Broadway legend Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat. We have not seen Vanessa Williams since the revival of “Into the Woods” and enjoyed Tom last season in “A Catered Affair.” We are a bit too young to have ever experienced Miss Cook but were excited nonetheless.
Well our excitement was definitely premature. The show features a bunch of moving screens that occasionally feature commentary from Mr. Sondheim himself talking about his shows and their conception. The biggest revelation being that he didn’t fall in love until he was 60 years old! The idea’s novelty wore off quite quickly though. What you are left with is a mish-mash of numbers without any relation to each other. One minute Sondheim’s talking about “West Side Story” while the next you’re listening to the First Act closing number from “Sunday in the Park with George.” Making matters worse, whomever selected the numbers that are performed kept out all the “hits” and instead features the obscure numbers from hit shows that won’t leave anyone humming the tunes out the door. Imagine the frustration you would feel going to your favorite performer’s concert and instead of the hits they performed the B sides.
Where was “Into the Woods,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Not While I’m Around,” “Maria,” “Tonight, Tonight,” and countless others? To add insult to injury, Sondheim’s biggest and only real mainstream hit “Send in the Clowns” is treated to a Youtube mash-up with performers from Barbara Streisand to Patti Labelle to some random 12 year old girl. No wonder Studio 54, the venue, was half empty after the Intermission.
The performances were universally excellent although we must admit we feared for Ms. Cook. Ms. Cook was in top voice, but she lumbered around the stage and was usually being escorted by one of the other performers, which made us feel she wasn’t quite up to the Broadway challenge. There is lots of Sondheim on Broadway including “West Side Story,” “A Little Night Music” and Encores upcoming “Anyone Can Whistle.” We recommend seeing one of these shows and skipping this one.
How will they keep him on the wagon now that he has nowhere to be. Should be interesting.
Keifer Sutherland by Rodolfo Martinez at ArtwingNY
Last night we attended the Bert Stern party at Club Monaco. We had a busy night and went to the Ann Taylor/Ace Hotel party before and the Carmindy/Stylecaster at Norwood after. We were invited by our good friend, the ever gracious, Patrick Duffy. Club Monaco launched their new campaign along with the homage to the famed photographer, probably best known for his Marilyn Monroe pictures. Others seen perusing his newest book and the newest fashions included: Thom Rom, Marie La France, Ranya Johnston, Jesper Lannung, Kristian Laliberte, Peter Davis, Clint Spaulding and Timo Weiland. (All Photos Clint Spaulding for PMC)
We love this article. Ilaria is one of our favorites and her portrait was shot by her boyfriend, ArtwingNY‘s own Eric Ray Davidson. But that’s not the only reason we love the article, we love it because Ilaria actually uses the expression sweaty douchebag. We always love a great douchebag reference.
Last night we stopped by the party for Charla Krupp to launch her new book “How to Never Look Fat Again” hosted by People StyleWatch Editor Susan Kaufman at Rouge Tomate on March 18, 2010 in New York City. We were invited by our friend Lori Levine of Flying Television, and it was the first stop on our all night tour of the city. The space was amazing and the crowd was beautiful, although boys were outnumbered by girls about 9 to 1. We also got to catch up with our friend and Wireimage photographer, Dimitrios Kambouris. You may wonder what’s going on with Naeem’s face in the shot with Charla? Well Dimitrios was holding his flash up and he had just hit Lori square on the nose! Fortunately there was no lasting damage! By the way, for those of you who missed it, best gift bag…EVER! (Photos by Dimitrios Kambouris of WireImage)